Places to Stay

There are many different types of hotels in Japan. Some fun places to stay can be at Onsens or traditional Japanese Inns.


A Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn in the truest sense of the term. The owners take great pride in preserving the building’s traditional atmosphere and history. Indeed, the preservation of the ryokan in its original form is deemed more important than catering to the comfort of the guests. Staying in a traditional ryokan would be like staying in a European castle – wonderful atmosphere but at the expense of hotel-style comfort. The Japanese-style rooms and baths are comfortable but they can be dark and slightly drafty. There may be few modern conveniences. The building is made entirely of wood and there is usually a beautiful, traditional Japanese garden. An example of a traditional ryokan is Sanga Ryokan in Kurokawa Onsen in Kyushu.